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Walker Township officials consider company to fix bridge

Published December 03. 2011 09:01AM

The Walker Township Board of Supervisors discussed considering Donohue Excavating & Paving to fix the Catawissa Road Bridge at its meeting Thursday evening in the municipal building.

At last month's meeting, township engineer Dave Horst said the board may have to seek financing for repairs outside the township's general funds. Donohue is willing to hold the bid of $119,999 for a 120-day period so the board can work out how the project will be financed if it wants to move ahead.

"It doesn't look like they have a whole lot of experience on some of the bigger bridge projects," Horst said. "This might be a good project to get them into it."

He also said that he'd like to see someone from Walker's office keep a close watch at the start of the reconstruction, which might not be necessary if it was a more experienced bridge contractor doing the work.

In other business, Horst reviewed a memorandum from Rettew, the engineering company in charge of the Act 537 plan. The plan as it stands is to install sewage facilities in a total of 306 residences located in Walker and West Penn Townships. Both townships continuously reject the plan because of its high cost, a $104-a-month sewage bill for residents who have the systems installed.

Rettew is revising the plan and conducting a new individual-needs analysis, which is a door-to-door survey to find out what homes require new waste systems. The budgeted amount for the proposed revisions to the Act 537 plan is estimated at $74,000. Horst said that the municipal agreement between the two townships states that Walker will be responsible for its share of those costs, which is 18 percent - around $13,000. Once the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approves the plan, Walker Township can get a 50 percent reimbursement of the projected cost, but that can take time, Horst said.

In other business, roadmaster Eric Leiby retired last month after 20 years. Standing in for him at this month's meeting was operator/laborer Chad Felty.

The board also voted on the day and time for 2012 monthly supervisors' meetings, which will remain on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. The next meeting will be on Jan. 5 at the municipal building. The board also announced that it will meet on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. to discuss the 2012 budget.

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